It is not easy to trust even your neighbors these days. It’s a sad situation, but that’s just the way it is. Under such circumstances, it’s quite natural to be worried about the security of your family, assets, and property and go to lengths to secure them. To prevent any security breach, you can install security systems comprising of burglar alarms, surveillance cameras, hi-tech lock systems, and more.
When using security cameras, you might come across a situation where the images captured are blurred, dark or not clearly visible. These could be due to poor camera resolution or improper lighting. For getting the correct lighting for your camera, follow the tips below:
• Correlate Lighting Levels and Camera Sensitivity
The light available should be sufficiently high for the camera to produce a visible image. Black & White cameras are recommended for night usage as they are more sensitive to light as compared to color cameras.
• Position the Lights Carefully
Keep the sources of light out of the camera’s range. Mount them higher than the cameras. Consider extraneous sources of light as well. These can become the cause of streaking and blooming in the camera rendering a lot of the footage not fit for viewing.
• Reduce Glare
A large number of less powerful lamps will give better illumination and lesser glare when compared to a smaller number of powerful lamps. They will also generate lesser shadow pools.
• Protect from Vandalism
The lighting should be positioned in such a way that it is accessible for maintenance but should be protected from vandals
• Couple Your Camera with Infrared (IR) Lighting
IR lights are not visible to the human eye. Most black & white cameras are Infrared sensitive and capture images at night in the presence of IR without requiring the lights to be visible to humans.
• Use LED Lighting for Better Results
These are energy efficient, long lasting and environment-friendly
• Don’t Use Extra Bright Lighting
Use housing for the bulb and angle it in such a way that the light falls on the ground and away from the observer. The brightness of the light is recommended to be around 0.05 watts/sq. foot for a black & white camera. Color cameras or those with a zoom lens will need higher level of brightness
• Don’t Over-Estimate or Under-Estimate the Area of Illumination
Illuminate a minimum of 70% of the camera’s range of vision. If you illuminate too less or too much, it will result in blooming. If you illuminate too little, the camera will not be able to get a clear vision for the rest of the field
With these tips, you can ensure proper lighting conditions and get good quality footage from your security cameras.